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ex·​e·​cu·​tion | \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce execution (audio) \

Definition of execution

2 : a putting to death especially as a legal penalty
3 : the process of enforcing a legal judgment (as against a debtor) also : a judicial writ directing such enforcement
4 : the act or mode or result of performance
5 archaic : effective or destructive action his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution— William Shakespeare usually used with do as soon as day came, we went out to see what execution we had done— Daniel Defoe

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Synonyms & Antonyms for execution

Synonyms

accomplishment, Mcdavid Mcdavid Oilers Connor Oilers Connor Shirt, commission, discharge, enactment, fulfillment (or fulfilment), implementation, performance, perpetrationHockey Hurricanes Mckegg Carolina Men's Logo Sale Team Authentic Black Fashion 2550114 Greg 42 , prosecution, pursuance

Antonyms

nonfulfillment, nonperformance

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Examples of execution in a Sentence

He is in prison awaiting execution. The quarterback's execution of the play was perfect.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Most of the headlines focussed on the report’s allegations of torture and extrajudicial executions. Camila Osorio, The New Yorker, "Michelle Bachelet, Nicolás Maduro, and the U.N. Report on Human Rights in Venezuela," 23 July 2019 Federal executions are very rare, as most take place at the state level. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Biden's new criminal justice plan counteracts old anti-crime efforts he boosted," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of execution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for execution

Middle English execucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin exsecution-, exsecutio, from exsequi to execute, from ex- + sequi to follow — more at sue

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execution

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English Language Learners Definition of execution

: the act of killing someone especially as punishment for a crime
: the act of doing or performing somethingImmo Packer - Realtree Jersey Kasa

execution

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Kids Definition of execution

1 : the act of killing someone as a legal penalty
2 : the act of doing or performing something execution of a plan
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execution

noun
ex·​e·​cu·​tion | \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce execution (audio) \

Legal Definition of execution

1 : the act or process of executing witnessed the execution of the will
2 : a putting to death as fulfillment of a judicial death sentence
3 : the process of enforcing a judgment (as against a debtor) also : a judicial writ (as fieri facias) by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect — see also levy

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